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Kiwis bank on smartphones
Posted on 16-Oct-2014 20:33Tags News, Mobile

Busy ASB customers armed with smartphones are pushing demand for mobile banking to new heights with financial transactions on ASB’s mobile app increasing by two thirds in the past year. Comments (Comments)

Snapper secures overseas deal for local technology
Posted on 16-Oct-2014 14:58Tags News, NFC

Wellington's Snapper Services has secured a deal with global transport solution provider Vix Technology and Dublin's National Transport Authority. Comments (Comments)

Spark customers targeted by ongoing fraudulent phone calls
Posted on 15-Oct-2014 09:39Tags News, Broadband

Spark has set up a Scam Hotline after receiving further reports from some of its customers about phone contact by fraudsters claiming to be from Spark. Comments (Comments)

Plain English is radical
Posted on 15-Oct-2014 09:21Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Originally posted on Fundamentally Useless:
Despite all the ups and downs of the past few months, there has been one constant in left wing politics: jargon. Regardless of whether Nicky Hager, Judith Collins, or Eminem led the news, the Left was ready to respond with a slew of long and fancy words. Left wing politics… Comments (Comments)

Samsung launches new phone, needs a new business model
Posted on 14-Oct-2014 14:21Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Yesterday Samsung launched the $1150 Galaxy Note 4 smartphone in New Zealand. While the Note 4 is interesting, it is not interesting enough to generate much local media coverage. This underlines Samsung’s challenge. It isn’t that Samsung smartphones aren’t state-of-the-art devices. They are. But so are the cheaper smartphones coming from Chinese and Indian factories. […] Comments (Comments)

Canterbury DHB offers free WiFi to Christchurch Hospital
Posted on 14-Oct-2014 13:36Tags News, Wi-Fi

Patients and visitors at Christchurch Hospital can now stay connected wirelessly free of charge. Comments (Comments)

The Dark Net
Posted on 14-Oct-2014 09:17Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Originally posted on Rowan Simpson:
NZVIF have released their latest Young Company Finance report. The report includes a list of all of the companies that raised new capital so far in 2014. It is an appallingly incomplete list. These are the companies that I know of they have missed: Vend, NBR, March 26 Timely, NBR,… Comments (Comments)

Dark days at Hewlett-Packard
Posted on 14-Oct-2014 08:41Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Here’s what I discovered when researching background material to write about Hewlett-Packard’s impending break-up. You can draw your own conclusion. Filed under: Blog Tagged: HP Comments (Comments)

Chorus warns Australia on structural separation
Posted on 13-Oct-2014 11:01Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Chorus manager of marketing strategy and insight Rosalie Nelson warned Australia’s telecommunications industry on the risks of New Zealand-style full structural separation. She was speaking at the CommsDay Melbourne Congress. Nelson’s comments come as Optus chairman Paul O’Sullivan calls for Telstra to split along similar lines to Telecom NZ (now Spark) and Chorus. When Chorus […] Comments (Comments)

NZ Tech Podcast: Windows 10, HP splits, MyRepublic
Posted on 13-Oct-2014 08:33Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

This week – a focus on Windows 10 and new low-cost Windows tablets, Dubai police to get Google Glass, MyRepublic gears up for NZ launch, Hewlett-Packard decides to break up, Marriott Hotels fined for Wi-Fi block and new .NZ domain names launch. This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guest Nathan Mercer (Microsoft NZ) and supported […] Comments (Comments)

Taking stolen emails at face value
Posted on 12-Oct-2014 11:46Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

For a few weeks stories involving stolen emails dominated New Zealand news reports. It was no accident this was in the run up to the 2014 election. Nicky Hager based his book Dirty Politics on messages to and from WhaleOil blogger Cameron Slater. Then Kim Dotcom revealed an email he claims proved Prime Minister John […] Comments (Comments)

New Zealand iPhone 6 plans compared
Posted on 11-Oct-2014 14:33Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

New Zealand prices for Apple’s iPhone 6 start at $1000 for the 16GB model. Well, $999 but we’re not fooled. That’s $50 cheaper than the cost of the lowest price iPhone 5S when it first launched here a year ago. A 64GB iPhone 6 costs $1150 and the 128GB model is $1300. Not everybody wants to, […] Comments (Comments)

New Zealand iPhone 6 Plus plans compared
Posted on 11-Oct-2014 14:32Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Buy an Apple iPhone 6 Plus  outright and you’ll pay $1150 for the 16GB model. Move up to the 64GB iPhone 6 Plus and the price rises to $1300.  The 128GB model is $1450. I recommend buying at least 64GB, you’ll soon bump against the limits of 16GB if you store any media on your phone. You don’t have […] Comments (Comments)

Symantec board votes for split
Posted on 10-Oct-2014 12:37Tags News, Security

The Symantec Corp. Board of Directors has unanimously approved a plan to separate the company into two, independent publicly traded companies: one business focused on security and one business focused on information management. Comments (Comments)

League of Legends (LoL) event finds home in Christchurch
Posted on 10-Oct-2014 12:29Tags News, Gaming

On Sunday 19 October at 7pm, Harringtons Riccarton will be packed with fans, but they won't be there to watch the All Blacks, the Silver Ferns or any conventional sports team. The latest sports craze isn't played on the sports field at all. Comments (Comments)

Fibre-only MyRepublic aims to lead UFB push
Posted on 10-Oct-2014 12:11Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

MyRepublic, New Zealand’s newest ISP, sells nothing but full speed fibre-based broadband without data caps. Significantly are none of the pointless 30Mbps up, 10Mbps down entry-level fibre plans offering copper-like performance. Instead consumers can choose between two 100Mbps plans: one for gamers, the other for everyone else. MyRepublic’s $99 a month Pure plan includes installation […] Comments (Comments)

New mobile wallet brand Semble unveiled
Posted on 8-Oct-2014 19:00Tags News, NFC

Mobile wallet brand Semble was unveiled to the public today and will soon see Kiwis using their smartphones to make contactless payments. The new technology will eventually replace the traditional plastic cards that fill our wallets. Comments (Comments)

Samsung profits fall as iPhone trumps Galaxy
Posted on 7-Oct-2014 17:57Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Samsung makes beautiful hardware and sells more smartphones than any other company. All it needs to do now is to figure out how to make the business profitable. The company has just posted its biggest drop in quarterly profit since at least 2009. According to Bloomberg, that happened despite selling more smartphones because the average […] Comments (Comments)

HP split will change NZ PC market
Posted on 7-Oct-2014 17:33Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Hewlett-Packard says it will split in two. One part will offer high-end computer equipment and services to large companies. The other will make and sell PCs, printers and other devices. The move is overdue. HP has struggled to make money in recent years. Putting Apple to one side, the PC business is now a commodity […] Comments (Comments)

Will smart phones bury PDAs?
Posted on 7-Oct-2014 15:42Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

This story originally appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald’s Icon section on 2 April 2002. Infofile The potential smart-phone market is huge. Gartner’s Robin Simpson estimates there are between 200,000 and 500,000 hand-held computers in Australia. He says the range is wide because many people own more than one device. This compares with Phonechoice’s estimate of […] Comments (Comments)

Noel Leeming brings technology learning to Kiwi communities
Posted on 7-Oct-2014 11:54Tags News, Computing

The initiative's focal point is a high-tech vehicle that will travel throughout New Zealand over the next two years letting students, parents and teachers, senior citizens and community groups experience first hand some of the latest technology Comments (Comments)

HP to separate into two public companies
Posted on 6-Oct-2014 23:52Tags News, Computing

Company will split into Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and HP Inc. Comments (Comments)

iPhone 6, 6 Plus: 20mm and miles apart
Posted on 6-Oct-2014 13:55Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Apple’s iPhone 6 sports a 4.7 inch screen. The display on the iPhone 6 Plus is 5.5 inches across the diagonal. That’s just 20mm more and yet, in use, the difference between the iPhones is huge. It’s almost as if you are looking at two separate device classes. While the iPhone 6 feels like a […] Comments (Comments)

Microsoft launches roadshow for medium-sized businesses
Posted on 6-Oct-2014 09:10Tags News, Computing

Six-city roadshow to show how technology can make the difference in driving business forward. Comments (Comments)

Study shows almost half of NZ businesses lack adequate security tools and policies says Vodafone
Posted on 5-Oct-2014 20:22Tags News, Security

Recent research commissioned by Vodafone has identified that 56% of New Zealand businesses experience IT security attacks at least once a year. Comments (Comments)


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